A Purposeful God #1009

27  so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28  for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (Acts 17:27–28, NKJV)

The God who was unknown to the Athenian philosophers, and to many still, is a purposeful God. He rules this world, not to oppress, but to bless, so that we will seek Him and find Him. We have been created for this very purpose. Solomon said our duty, and a fulfilled life is summed up in this: to fear God and keep His commandments (Eccl. 12:13). God is not inaccessible to us; He is as near as the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat. Proof of His presence is everywhere in this world. Indeed, He is as near as His inspired word, which records His will for us (2 Tim. 3:16-17). His Scriptures teach us how to seek Him and find Him through His Son, Jesus Christ (Matt. 11:28-30). Truly, “He has put eternity” in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11). The desire to know God compels us to find Him where He may be found; but not in the images of art that depict mythical gods. This is self-evident, since “we are also His offspring.”